Wright, Vick take titles at 2008 USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships

    05/21/08

    USBC Collegiate

    Olympic Lanes in Milwaukee, Wis. (May 19-20, 2008)

    2008ITCJenniferWrightDanVick.jpg Pikeville's Jennifer Wright and Rochester Institute of Technology's Dan Vick emerged with national titles Tuesday at the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Singles Championships in Milwaukee, Wis.

    Vick, a Pittsford, N.Y., native locked in early and never looked back in sweeping North Carolina State senior Vincent DiNova, 3-0, in a best-of-five, single-elimination match to win the men's national championship at Olympic Lanes.

    In the women's division, Pikeville junior Wright of Columbia, S.C. - the 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur champion - defeated Robert Morris College senior Kristen Nielsen, 3-1, for the women's national title.


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    Vick rolls to men's national title at 2008 USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships


    Rochester Institute of Technology junior Dan Vick started striking consistently during practice before his final match at the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Singles Championships.

    Once the finals begun, it only seemed like he never stopped.

    The Pittsford, N.Y., native locked in early and never looked back in sweeping North Carolina State senior Vincent DiNova, 3-0, in a best-of-five, single-elimination match to win the men's national championship Tuesday at Olympic Lanes.

    The field of 16 men and 16 women represented some of the best collegiate bowlers in the country competing for individual national titles at the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships.

    In a battle of lefthanders, Vick opened the match with five straight strikes and 10 overall in a 268-182 victory in Game 1. He stayed hot in Game 2 with four straight strikes among his nine, winning 239-193 to take a 2-0 lead.

    "I was fortunate to find a look during practice and was able to keep it loose," said Vick, who doubled in the 10th frame to secure the title with a 236-225 victory in Game 3. "Having another lefty out there helped. The lanes opened up a bit more after they broke down and the pins fell down."

    Overall, Vick struck on 27 of 36 first-ball attempts in the match (75 percent).

    A member of Junior Team USA in 2006, Vick swept RIT teammate David Gerhart, 3-0, in the quarterfinals and defeated McKendree's Richard Van Scoyk, 3-1, in the semifinals.

    Vick became the fourth straight men's champion with experience as a Junior Team USA member, joining Fresno State's P.J. Haggerty (2005), Lindenwood's Brian Valenta (2006) and Robert Morris University's Tim Pfeifer (2007).

    "The Junior Team USA experience helps a lot," said Vick, who won the team gold medal and Masters silver at the 2006 American Zone Youth Championships in Mexico. "I was able to stay more relaxed under pressure because I've been in similar situations like this one."

    Competitors bowled 12 games Monday to determine seeding for the best-of-5, single-elimination match play competition Tuesday. The top four seeds received byes to the third Round of match play, while the No. 5 through No. 8 seeds received byes to the second round.

    Qualifying for the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships was held at the four Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Sectional Qualifier sites - Allentown, Pa.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Fairview Heights, Ill.; and Las Vegas - on March 14. All participants bowled six games with total pinfall determining final standings. The top four finishers in each division (male and female) at each site advanced to the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships.

    The USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships is sponsored by Hammer Bowling and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    2008 USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships - Men's Finals


    Best of five, single elimination Match Play (Seeds in parentheses)

    First Round
    (9) Jeffery Szabo, William Paterson def. (16) Ken Fischer, Robert Morris (Ill.), 3-0
    (194-186, 177-154, 203-164)
    (12) Brett Shepherd, Vincennes def. (13) Michael Dole, Lindenwood, 3-2
    (218-278, 247-213, 160-225, 209-172, 236-200)
    (14) Richard Van Scoyk, McKendree def. (11) Matthew Tod, Lindenwood, 3-0
    (190-185, 200-168, 202-152)
    (15) David Gerhart, RIT def. (10) Brian Huther, Martin Methodist, 3-0
    (211-149, 208-170, 207-183)

    Second Round
    (8) Vincent DiNova, North Carolina State def. (9) Jeffery Szabo, William Paterson, 3-1
    (164-212, 237-188, 247-224, 206-200)
    (12) Brett Shepherd, Vincennes def. (5) Jim Rogers, Wichita State, 3-0
    (216-162, 224-205, 231-195)
    (14) Richard Van Scoyk, McKendree def. (6) Craig Nursey, North Carolina State, 3-1
    (234-203, 212-198, 172-244, 246-203)
    (15) David Gerhart, RIT def. (7) Jake Peters, Wichita State, 3-1
    (235-189, 224-157, 213-214, 237-234)

    Quarterfinals
    (8) Vincent DiNova, North Carolina State def. (1) Sean Rutherford, Martin Methodist, 3-2
    (216-213, 253-182, 179-226, 216-221, 190-182)
    (4) Dan MacLelland, Saginaw Valley State def. (12) Brett Shepherd, Vincennes, 3-2
    (196-201, 233-178, 224-193, 213-224, 218-197)
    (14) Richard Van Scoyk, McKendree def. (3) Will Barnes, Wichita State, 3-1
    (241-225, 207-246, 226-198, 225-170)
    (2) Dan Vick, RIT def. (15) David Gerhart, RIT, 3-0
    (203-189, 219-211, 279-173)

    Semifinals
    (8) Vincent DiNova, North Carolina State def. (4) Dan MacLelland, Saginaw Valley State, 3-2
    (204-238, 251-187, 243-217, 211-228, 207-206)
    (2) Dan Vick, RIT def. (14) Richard Van Scoyk, McKendree, 3-1
    (191-211, 279-215, 224-191, 244-172)

    Championship
    (2) Dan Vick, RIT def. (8) Vincent DiNova, North Carolina State, 3-0
    (268-182, 239-193, 236-225)


    Wright rebounds to win women's national title at 2008 USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships


    Shaking off a sub-par performance that placed her as the 12th seed heading into match play at the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Singles Championships, Pikeville junior Jennifer Wright prepared herself for a long day on the lanes Tuesday.

    The Columbia, S.C., native approached it the only way she knew how - one game at a time, one match at a time.

    Wright, who failed to receive one of the coveted byes in qualifying, went 5-0 in match play - the last coming over Robert Morris College senior Kristen Nielsen, 3-1, in a best-of-five, single-elimination match to win the women's national championship Tuesday at Olympic Lanes.

    The field of 16 men and 16 women represented some of the best collegiate bowlers in the country competing for individual national titles at the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships.

    Wright, who became the first player in either division to win the title without receiving a bye in the event's current format, struck on six of her first seven shots in the championship match en route to a 258-221 victory in Game 1.

    "I learned a lot from Monday and was able to make the right adjustments," said Wright, who also became the lowest-seeded individual to win the title in the event's five-year history. "It was important to fill frames and keep the ball in play."

    Nielsen evened the match at 1 with a 216-170 victory in Game 2. However, Wright stayed clean in Game 3 and doubled twice in the final five frames to bounce back for a 215-180 victory.

    "I knew Kristen wouldn't let up, so I had to stay focused on the next shot," said Wright, who clinched the title with a double in the 10th frame for a 191-182 victory in Game 4. "It came down to who received the better breaks."

    Wright, who was clean in 36 of 40 frames in the finals, breezed past Newman's Christine Belsky and Wichita State's Melissa Hurst in the first two rounds, winning 3-0 in each match.

    She then rallied from 2-0 deficits in the quarterfinals and semifinals - outlasting Central Florida's Brigette Harrelson, then McKendree's Rebekah Diers for 3-2 victories in each.

    It's the second national title in as many months for Wright, who helped lead the Bears to the women's crown at the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships in April.

    "I'm proud that I was able to represent Pikeville like this," said Wright, a former Team USA and Junior Team USA member as well as 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur champion. "I knew all my girls were behind me even though most couldn't be here. I'm just happy I was able to keep the success going."

    Competitors bowled 12 games Monday to determine seeding for the best-of-5, single-elimination match play competition Tuesday. The top four seeds received byes to the third Round of match play, while the No. 5 through No. 8 seeds received byes to the second round.

    Qualifying for the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships was held at the four Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Sectional Qualifier sites - Allentown, Pa.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Fairview Heights, Ill.; and Las Vegas - on March 14. All participants bowled six games with total pinfall determining final standings. The top four finishers in each division (male and female) at each site advanced to the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships.

    The USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships is sponsored by Hammer Bowling and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    2008 USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships - Women's Finals


    Best of five, single elimination Match Play (Seeds in parentheses)

    First Round
    (9) Rebekah Diers, McKendree def. (16) Michelle Snyder, Morehead State, 3-0
    (203-196, 215-158, 213-194)
    (12) Jennifer Wright, Pikeville def. (13) Christine Belsky, Newman, 3-0
    (219-127, 215-168, 237-181)
    (14) Cindy Buckner, Martin Methodist def. (11) Hayley Beavis, Martin Methodist, 3-1
    (207-181, 215-245, 197-170, 210-185)
    (10) Michelle Kendrick, Florida State def. (15) Kaidee Sutphin, Central Florida, 3-2
    (204-161, 232-239, 197-191, 148-218, 224-203)

    Second Round
    (9) Rebekah Diers, McKendree def. (8) Kayla Bandy, Pikeville, 3-2
    (175-229, 255-224, 221-248, 191-167, 237-158)
    (12) Jennifer Wright, Pikeville def. (5) Melissa Hurst, Wichita State, 3-0
    (245-174, 208-200, 187-152)
    (14) Cindy Buckner, Martin Methodist def. (6) Jillian Pavlak, Central Florida, 3-1
    (199-233, 224-189, 236-213, 204-131)
    (7) Amy Corbin, Morehead State def. (10) Michelle Kendrick, Florida State, 3-0
    (254-223, 222-168, 210-171)

    Quarterfinals
    (9) Rebekah Diers, McKendree def. (1) Elysia Current, Wichita State, 3-1
    (213-175, 173-248, 245-199, 216-193)
    (12) Jennifer Wright, Pikeville def. (4) Brigette Harrelson, Central Florida, 3-2
    (212-243, 197-201, 233-188, 211-204, 183-159)
    (3) Kristen Nielsen, Robert Morris (Ill.) def. (14) Cindy Buckner, Martin Methodist, 3.5-1.5
    (149-157, 192-181, 233-200, 179-179, 203-188)
    (2) Jen Donahue, Lindenwood def. (7) Amy Corbin, Morehead State, 3-0
    (233-196, 266-206, 235-220)

    Semifinals
    (12) Jennifer Wright, Pikeville def. (9) Rebekah Diers, McKendree, 3-2
    (179-222, 182-195, 247-192, 246-212, 226-225)
    (3) Kristen Nielsen, Robert Morris (Ill.) def. (2) Jen Donahue, Lindenwood, 3-2
    (179-212, 191-227, 224-201, 194-193, 218-181)

    Championship
    (12) Jennifer Wright, Pikeville def. (3) Kristen Nielsen, Robert Morris (Ill.), 3-1
    (258-221, 170-216, 215-180, 191-182)